Fancy using your skill and intelligence to beat against the wind?
Sailing courses are held over the summer months in July and August each year. We work alongside County Sligo VEC in bringing the sport of sailing to as many young people as possible. At the end of each two week course a barbeque is held at the clubhouse and sometimes there are theme days where the sailors dress up as characters or pirates - the theme varies from week to week. Listen at daily briefings.
Same old faces and some new faces
Every year the same families return for the courses the club offers, along with friends and newcomers, members and non-members alike. It gives the kids a great focus over the summer. Plenty of practice leaves them all ready for our annual junior regatta held in mid August.
Racing for fun
During the summer (on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings) racing is organised for the benefit of juniors. We encourage all junior sailors (members and non-members) to attend these sessions because it is a great chance to practice newly learnt skills and have a bit of fun.
Junior Regatta - sailing and rowing races
The day starts with two rowing races. The under 12 Joan Malone Perpetual cup and the under 16 McElroy Perpetual cup. These are hotly contested trophies and it is great to see the sport of rowing alive and well at MSC. This is followed by our three race regatta with as many classes as there are a variety of boats. competition is fierce. The boys versus the girls, sisters versus brothers, cousins versus cousins, etc. We encourage all our juniors to participate with the promise of soup and treats when they all come in.
The day ends with everyone gathering for a barbeque (whatever the weather) culminating in the presentation of the prizes.
Cara Na Mara
This is the ISA’s new fun, shore based initiative focuses on delivering basic sailing skills and seamanship to 6-8 year olds. it is a child focused approach to introducing sailing to children. The programme allows children to discover, explore and practice the skills and knowledge they will needs as sailors while under the leadership and supervision of IS Instructors within an ISA accredited Training Centre. It has a strong emphasis on allowing the sailors to appreciate and enjoy the water and outdoor environment safely. These skills and knowledge tie into the National School curriculum.
It will operate week 2 (July 14 - 18) and week 3 (July 21 - 25). We intend to run a third week commencing July 28th subject to numbers, so book soon if you want a place. The hours will be from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday.
The cost will be €60. Main contact Annette Byrne on 087 282 6867.